Pear-Gorgonzola Puff Pastry
Alyssa and I went to Target a few weeks back for school clothes and groceries, and whatever else struck our collective fancy. I picked up a box of puff pastry as it was on sale, and since I haven't cooked with it since my mom introduced me to pesto with her Puff Pastry Pesto Parmesan Pinwheels (dig the alliteration).
Knowing no strangers, when the checkout girl asked me "what do you do with this stuff?" as she scanned the puff pastry, Alyssa piped up "have you been to mypurplekitchen.com?" I stifled a laugh - I have 5 followers. "No, I haven't," Target Girl replied. "Well, that's her cooking website. You should see it." I should hire her for a guerilla marketing campaign when I start my bakery.
You will need:
1 sheet puff pastry, thawed in the refrigerator
4 ounces crumbled gorgonzola cheese
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 pears, peeled and sliced thinly
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons honey, plus more for drizzling
Preheat oven to 375°F. Unfold the puff pastry onto parchment paper. Using an overturned 9-inch bowl and a sharp knife, cut out a circle of dough. Press a 6-inch bowl into the center of your round, stopping 3/4 of the way down so that the outer and inner portions are still attached at the bottom. This will allow the outer ring to rise around the center. Pierce the inner section of the round all over with a fork.
Squeeze lemon juice all over the sliced pears to prevent browning. Combine the butter and honey in a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds, or until the butter is almost melted. Stir to combine and complete the melting (careful not to burn your honey - it's disgusting). Brush all over the dough; sprinkle with salt. Top with overlapping pear slices, making sure to stay within the inner section of the round.
Drizzle the leftover honey-butter on top of the apples. Top with gorgonzola cheese.
Bake for 25 minutes, or until the pears are tender and the pastry is nicely browned. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Adapted fiercely from The Crisper Whisperer.